Based on a 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl. It tells the story of a young woman suffering from grief after losing the love of her life. Her life spirals out of control as she gets into drugs and gives her body to any Tom, Dick or Harry she fancies. Wanting to find the woman her mother thought she was, she sets a goal and decides to go hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail and walks 1000 miles.
This film is about this journey of finding ones self, of cleansing and of resolution. It's about the trials and tribulations and the people she encounters along the way, mixed with a lot of flashbacks of her life. Even though there's a lot of scenery that she walks through, with so many flashbacks and my getting lost in Reese Witherspoon's expressive performance, I barely noticed the landscape.
I do believe this is one of Reese's best performances I've ever seen. Wearing no make up and carrying an actual laden backpack, I believed her lack of hiking experience, her sorrow, her pain. Laura Dern who plays her mother on the other hand does not really get a chance to develop her character. This film is very much about the solo journey of Cheryl. I don't think I'll be giving it away if I mention the sex scenes because if she's giving her body away there obviously has to be sex scenes right?
Having seen Reese in many lightweight films like Legally Blonde playing your clean cut all American blonde and then to see her in sex scenes was at odds with my image of her. However, that's not all I wanted to say. I wanted to say that the scenes were so subtle and tastefully done I thought it far sexier and it kept the all round American girl image of Reese Witherspoon intact for me. I give this a 7 out of 10.